Workers who are regularly exposed to stone, concrete or masonry dust could be having their lives put in danger, those considering filing compensation claims could be interested to discover.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued the warning to workers in Liverpool, highlighting the fact that silica dust kills more than 500 employees a year.
Moira Caddick, awareness officer at the organisation, claimed that hundreds of lives are devastated by lung disease each year.
She said: "Construction companies should therefore avoid creating dust from stone, concrete or masonry wherever possible and make sure workers always wear suitable dust masks."
Ms Caddick highlighted the fact that many people are unaware that they are being exposed to deadly particles when kerbing, paving or block materials are cut.
Earlier this month, William Anelay Limited was fined GBP 30,000 because two of its employees fell ill after being exposed to uncontrolled levels of crystalline silica.